Encourage Learning: Summers, Weekends, and After School

Times when your child is out of school, like weekends, holiday breaks, and summer vacations, don’t need to be times spent away from learning. Researchers are finding that too long of a break (particularly during the summer) can be detrimental to kids’ academic achievement.

Encouraging your kids to participate in learning activities during their free time is an effective way to support academic success. Kids don’t have to study textbooks to learn; read on to find out more about how your kids can learn when they’re outside of school.  

Summer Programs 

Good summer programs can help kids improve their reading, develop math skills, increase high school graduation rates, make kids more likely to stay in college, and increase their college employment rate.
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    1. Mary Terzian, Kristin Anderson Moore, and Kathleen Hamilton, Effective and Promising Summer Learning Programs and Approaches for Economically-Disadvantaged Children and Youth: A White Paper for the Wallace Foundation, (Washington, DC: Child Trends, July 10, 2009).



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